Senator confirms tax win for cider producers

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie has confirmed the Government has no plan to increase the tax rate on traditional cider.   The Economics Senate Committee last night revealed calls to tax cider at the same rate as pre-mixed drinks and spirits had been ignored. “This is brilliant news for central Victoria’s Harcourt district, which is…

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Revised MDBP fails northern Victoria

Major agricultural industries across northern Victoria could be pushed over the edge, under the Gillard Government’s revised, yet virtually unchanged Murray Darling Basin Plan.   The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said small dairying communities and Sunraysia’s horticultural sector would be extremely vulnerable to the final Basin Plan.   “These industries are the lifeblood…

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MDBA fails fundamental Q&A

The Murray Darling Basin Authority has failed to answer fundamental questions surrounding Victoria’s future food and social economic security.   The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie directly asked a Senate estimates hearing if the MDBA had taken enough water out of Victoria, and was given an indeterminate no.   “This answer is in stark…

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Coalition tours Bendigo defence sites

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie together with the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Materiel, Gary Humphries have gained a greater insight into the important role Bendigo plays in protecting Australian troops and emergency personnel.   “It was wonderful to have Senator Humphries tour Bendigo’s key defence manufacturing sites, highlighting the capacity for innovation…

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Bendigo champions cyber safety

  Bendigo has hosted the Coalition Online Safety Working Group’s only regionally-focussed cyber safety forums and roundtable discussions.   The Working Group has heard Bendigo Football Netball League is ahead of the game when it comes to player safety online.   The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said it was exciting to see the…

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Better ag promotion needed

Senators from across Australia have heard the agriculture sector must better promote opportunities in the industry to students preparing to enter higher education.   In Melbourne for a parliamentary inquiry, The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie heard from Victorian education providers who said student numbers in agriculture are declining.   “Experts pointed to the…

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Budget fails Bendigo

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie has branded the Federal Budget a failure, especially for central Victorians.   “Life under Labor is about to get a lot harder and more uncertain as Bendigo prepares for the world’s biggest carbon tax on July 1,” she said.   “Every sector of the town’s economy will be…

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Deferral threatens MDBP

The Gillard Government’s decision to defer spending on vital water-saving infrastructure threatens the acceptance of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said.   “Labor’s deferral of $941 million in water efficiencies to 2015-16 proves it has no desire to fix aging Murray-Darling infrastructure, and would rather lazily buy water out of…

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State conference welcome

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie is pleased to welcome her party colleagues to Bendigo for the Annual State Conference. “The Nationals Leader, the Hon Warren Truss, and State Leader, the Hon Peter Ryan will both address the conference,” Senator McKenzie said. “This weekend will be filled with motion and debate on the carbon…

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